Create a Black Garden for Halloween

Your garden can be creepy and kooky, mysterious and spooky. Just snap your fingers.

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Morticia Addams was a Halloween gardener year-round. You don’t have to feed carnivorous plants to get an eerie garden effect.

In October even the pastel flower gardeners want to walk on the scary side. So spook your neighbors -- speak the language of black plants.

Not a wholesale garden redo (unless you want to let your inner Morticia Addams out), a few planters and window boxes oozing black foliage and flowers should do the trick-or-treat.

Get ghoulish in a warm climate with purple-black sweet potato vines in a tangle with a coffee colored coleus, black petunias, and dark aeoniums.

Will the frost be on the pumpkin in your garden? Keep those shivers going with the black striped leaves of mondo grasses, maroon stems and black leaves of heucheras, and black faced pansies.

When Halloween is over, insert color into your containers. Try can’t-miss-with-black-plants chartreuse, a range of deep reds (foliage or flowers) for autumnal and Christmas richness, or white blooms for graphic punch.

It’s still October, so follow me down the cobweb strewn path to meet the black plants that will give you a harrowing Halloween.

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Charlotte Germane dishes the dirt on gardening in newsletters, radio shows, newspapers, and blogs. Follow her on Twitter to get the latest trowel-full of news. She live-blogged the Royal Wedding for The Morton Report and has series of royalty columns here.

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